Some Also Suitable for Viola and Cello
|Violin Rosin is an important part of playing the violin. Click Here for a discussion of violin rosin, its properties, its manufacture and its use.
I have listed some of the better violin rosins available through this site below, along with some tips about choosing and using the sticky stuff. Click on a picture to take a better look at each.
|Rosin is very much a mixed blessing. If your bow has never had rosin applied to it, you'll never make a decent sound no matter how hard you try. As you move your bow, the stickiness provided by the rosin pulls the string to the point where it slips back, then pulls it again...literally hundreds of times per second.
Too much rosin is as bad as not enough. Too much rosin and you will produce a very coarse, unpleasant sound.
Rosin caked onto the strings alters their vibration. Wipe the rosin from your strings every time you play. Don't forget the undersides of the strings as well.
Rosin left on the wood of your instrument for a long period of time will harm the finish. Wipe the violin off with a lint-free cloth every time you play the violin.
The finish on the bow's wood will also be harmed by leaving rosin on it for too long. Wipe the bow off every time you play the violin.
You don't have to rosin your bow every time you play the violin. A thorough rosining every fourth or fifth time is generally sufficient.
Dark rosins work better in cool climates. Lighter rosins work better in hot climates. Some violinists change rosin with the season and even refer to dark rosin as "winter" rosin and light rosin as "summer" rosin.
Dark rosins are often preferable for lower strings, light rosins for higher strings. You will find many more bassists playing with dark rosin than with light.
Remember, the basic ingredient of rosin is pine tar. And like pine tar, rosin is affected by temperature. Do not leave your rosin in a very hot place for a long time. First, it's not good for the violin to be there. But even if nothing happens to the instrument, the rosin can soften and melt.
In a pinch you can use rosin dust on your pegs if they are slipping badly, but it is not a permanent solution.
Some players find that they are allergic to rosin dust. It is possible to purchase hypoallergenic rosins. It produces no powder or residue when it is used.
Rosin is very much a personal choice. Some players swear that you should never combine rosins. They will clean a bow's hair as thoroughly as possible if they are forced to change rosins. Others will actually use more than one rosin at a time, using one rosin as a "base," and then applying another as a "surface application."
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